According to reports emerging from dailystar.co.uk, Maurizio Sarri is targeting France World Cup winner, Nabil Fekir as a replacement for Eden Hazard.
Rumours linking the Belgian to Real Madrid have refused to go away. The club have refused to give up on the hardworking and goal scoring former Lille player even though they currently don’t have a permanent manager.
Hazard’s influence, fitness, agility and pace has seen European record Champions League winners still mulling over signing the 27-year-old Belgian.
In order not to be taken unaware, the Blues’ boss have identified Nabil Fekir as an ideal replacement if the Belgian decides not to pen the new deal on offer.
Fekir featured in the World Cup for France. The player was close to joining Liverpool but a supposed knee problem identified by Liverpool doctors eventually scupper the move.
The Lyon skipper is agile, fast, dribbles and can shoot. With those attributes he most likely would fill the boot left by Hazard if he eventually decides to join Real Madrid.
Also, Maurizio Sarri’s system will suit Fekir given that he plays in a similar possession based approach at Lyon, his boyhood club.
Liverpool were willing to part with a sum close to £50 million for the Frenchman. A little more than that should be enough to secure his services for Chelsea.